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hello, this is bbc news. the headlines. the london teenager who ran away to syria as understood to a major shake up of england's rental have gotte n sector, could mean private landlords ran away to syria as understood to have gotten legal aid to can't evict tenants without a valid reason, even if their contract has expired. 4.5 million households, could be affected. it shows how desperate the situation has become for a lot of private renters. i think that the government has been forced to act, after pressure. but landlords say the plans will make it harder to evict difficult tenants. also on the programme... shamima begum, who joined the islamic state group when she was 15, is expected to be granted legal aid, to fight for her british citizenship. the mental health crisis affecting british farming — one agricultural worker takes their own life, every week. measles cases worldwide shoot up 300% on this time last year. health
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officials call for higher vaccination rates. cheering and, is this the greatest ever sporting comeback? tiger woods, is back at the top. and coming up on sportsday later in the hour on bbc news... he was set to star at the world cup, but israel folau looks to have played his last game for australia following a homophobic post good evening and welcome to the bbc news at six. the threat of homelessness at short notice, hangs over the heads of millions of renters, once their tenancy agreement runs out. but a major shake up of the rental sector in england could change that. private landlords under new government proposals, would no longer be able evict, without a valid reason. the aim, is to give renters greater long term security.
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it's believed 4.5 million households are privately renting — that's around 11 million people. but so called section 21 notices, allow landlords to evict tenants with no reason, at the end of their fixed term contract. critics say this can leave many terrified about where they'll live, unable to plan for the future and in some extreme cases, tenants can become homeless overnight. but landlords say the proposals will make it harder to evict difficult tenants. sima kotecha reports now from birmingham. for many, renting somewhere to live is the only affordable option, and now, under government plans, tenants could have more power than before. i'm worried also about the people who don't necessarily know their rights... nick had a bad experience while renting. he was given just four weeks to move out of his flat. it was quite stressful at the time. i had to find a flat at short notice. i had to settle for somewhere
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that was probably, i wouldn't have chosen in an ideal world, in terms of the state it was in. if these changes come into force, tenants won't be able to be evicted without good reason. yeah, it is a relief that at least in principle what happened to me before couldn't happen again. in that sense, it's a positive and it also shows how desperate the situation has become for a lot of private renters. i think that the government has been forced to act, after pressure. at the moment, landlords are able to terminate tenancies through section 21 notices, which means they don't have to give a reason, as long as they provide some short—term notice. for some private landlords, these new proposals are ill—advised and will make it more challenging for them to get rid of difficult tenants. you're permanently under stress. michael lost thousands of pounds after his te na nt lost thousands of pounds after his tenant wouldn't pay his rent. he
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said he eventually had to use section 21 to evict him. we've ended up section 21 to evict him. we've ended up in section 21 to evict him. we've ended upina section 21 to evict him. we've ended up in a situation where we are five grand in arrears of rent which we have no chance of seeing any more. if we're going down the court route, that would have been another two months he could have strung it out for and the court costs, which we will never see back. figures show the use of section 21 has risen sharply since 2011 and last year more than 10,000 repossessions were carried out in england. the private rental market has grown significantly over the past two decades. ministers say evidence shows that section 21 evictions are one of the causes of homelessness and that is partly why they argue that needs to be a change in legislation. carl says he's been living on the streets for three yea rs. living on the streets for three years. if your landlord evict you, you can end up on the street are no problem. you pack your bags, there is nothing you can do about it, you
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don't even get a chance to speak to the landlord. you're on the street. what can you do? in scotland, similar rules were introduced two yea rs similar rules were introduced two years ago. ministers say they hope to begina years ago. ministers say they hope to begin a consultation on these new proposals before the summer. sima kotecha, bbc news. let's speak to our political correspondent ben wright, who's in westminster. the housing crisis, it's a hot political issue, is the rental sector a new front in all this? we are used to the government promising to build the housing crisis by building more homes for people to buy but homeownership has dropped by 10% in the last decade and politicians have certainly spotted this. they know that many more of their voters are living in private rented accommodation in their rights and protections have not kept pace. so in the last year or two we have seen government and opposition parties jousting over policies, targeted at tenants bust up in automotive, labour announced a raft of new ideas from ending no fault
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evictions to giving city is the power to cap rents, to have rent control. today, james brokenshire accepted the housing market had not kept up with the explosion in the rental sector. this is a consultation being announced today to change the law will require a bill that will need time in parliament. at the moment with brexit, there is none of that. the government doesn't have a majority so government doesn't have a majority soi government doesn't have a majority so i think the law being changed is actually still some way off. 0k thank you for that, ben wright at westminster. shamima begum, the teenager whojoined the islamic state group when she was 15, is expected to be granted legal aid, to fight the decision to strip her of her british citizenship. the 19—year—old who's in a detention camp in syria, had wanted to return to the uk. legal aid is financial help paid for by taxpayers, to those who can't afford the costs of a lawyer themselves, and the legal aid fund has been significantly cut back in recent years. our home editor mark easton has this report. should shamima begum,
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the former british schoolgirl who went to join the islamic state group, be granted legal aid to contest the home secretary's controversial decision to strip her of her citizenship? the legal aid agency looks certain to say yes, but using public funds to support a jihadi bride is equally controversial. it's not the first time that someone who, for national security reasons, has had their citizenship deprived. it's not the first time someone has received legal aid but on that issue itself, it should really be an independent decision, not for ministers. he wouldn't comment today, but the home secretary's legal team argued that he was right to take shamima begum's citizenship away, to protect national security and because she is technically eligible for bangladeshi citizenship, a country she's never visited. senior lawyers argue that whether the state can simply remove the britishness of someone born in britain is an example ofjust the kind of case where legal aid is essential. what would you say to those who argue this is not the way that
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public funds should be used? it is essential to the rights of every single one of us that if the government makes a decision that affect our lives, or if an individual breaches our rights, that we have a fair process that we can turn to, to ensure that our rights are upheld. legal aid is supposed to ensure the rich and powerful have an advantage in access to justice, both in criminal and civil cases. the money doesn't go to the individuals but to the lawyers representing them. it's only available after a strict means test of a person's financial position and a merits test, an assessment of the chances of success, the cost, and in high—profile cases, public attitudes. the government has made it more difficult to get legal aid, spending almost £1 billion less a year now, in real terms than a decade ago. relatives of those killed by the ira in the 1974 birmingham pub bombings
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were initially denied access to public funds in fighting their cases. it is scandalous that there is no automatic legal aid funding for complex inquests like ours. legal aid is regarded as a building block of the rule of law, indeed, of our very democracy. but when money's tight, who is and who is not able to access scarce public funds inspires fierce argument. shamima begum had no involvement in requesting legal aid and will, of course, not receive one penny personally, but if the lawyers acting in her name were to win the case, she may yet return to the uk and then, perhaps, face justice before an english court. mark easton, bbc news. the world health organization says there's been an almost four—fold increase in the number of measles cases globally in the first quarter of the year — compared to the same period in 2018. who officials have appealed for better vaccination
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coverage to limit measles, which is a highly contagious but preventable disease. our health correspondent sophie hutchinson is with me now. what is behind this increase in measles cases? measles is one of the most infectious diseases in the world and it is very serious. it can lead to serious complications such as deafness, learning disabilities and cause fatal pneumonia. what we have to combat it is an extremely good vaccine that's been proved time and again to be very, very safe. but fewer people are being vaccinated in poorer countries and we know that in wealthier countries, many people are not vaccinating their children because of messages on social media, for example, about anti—vaccination campaigns. it is a very concerning rise. the who saying that many countries are in the midst of sizeable measles outbreaks and we know those to be in africa, in central asia and eastern europe, but also in countries like america. 0k,
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thank you. sophie hutchinson there. extension rebellion parked a boat outside 0xford service and blocked marble arch and picadilly circus. three men have been arrested on suspicion of criminal damage. 0rganisers say the protests are being held in more than 80 cities across 33 countries. teachers are warning that funding for children and young adults with special educational needs in england, has reached a crisis point. the national education union says nine out of ten local councils don't have enough money to meet rising demand. the government says more money is being made available. here's our education editor, branwen jeffreys. three... adam's dad knows how to calm him down. his son is autistic and has a rare kidney condition. in
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his first special school, adams stopped speaking. at home, he was also distressed. he couldn't communicate, he wouldn't say where he was or how he feels. it would get toa he was or how he feels. it would get to a point where if he needed food, he would just scratch instead of telling you. now adam is making progress in a new school. his pa rents progress in a new school. his pa re nts wo n progress in a new school. his parents won an apology from the council but it was a long and hard battle. because it's my duty as a parent, a duty of care. if i don't do my best for my son, what am i good at? you know? yeah. teachers are meeting for the union conference. school funding is high on the agenda and special needs is becoming a pinch point. they are worried partly because of the knock—on effects. councils are taking money from school budgets to top up the special needs. demand is
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rising faster than funding and that is partly because any child who has a care plan might have the legal right to support up to the age of 25. local authorities are millions of pounds in debt because the government isn't giving them the funding they need to support special educational needs. they don't have the money, even when an education health care plan has been agreed, to actually put the resources into supporting those children. so what is the government doing for families? ministers say £100 million is creating more special school places. the budget for children like adam has gone up to 6.3 billion. all his parents care about is his progress. adam has started speaking again and the family is recovering from the battle to get him help. branwen jeffreys, bbc news.
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the time is 6:13pm. our top story this evening: private landlords in england won't be able to evict tenants without a valid reason — under new government proposals. i met augusto where tiger woods has completed one of sport's most extraordinary comebacks. coming up on sportsday in the next 15 minutes on bbc news, we'll have the live draw for the last 16 in rugby league's challenge cup. catalans dragons are the holders and they enter the competition at this stage. farming is often described as more than a job, it's a way of life. but analysis by the bbc of latest figures, shows the tremendous pressure many farmers are living under. around one agricultural worker takes their life every week in the uk. bad weather, animal disease, long, lonely hours and financial strain are all contributing to a mental health crisis in the industry. gareth barlow, a formerfarmer
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himself, has our report. i've had dark thoughts. you know, when you can't see another way out, when you can't see another alternative... ..it does cross your mind. dog barks if something snapped in my head and i decided to take my own life, for example, it would only push the burden onto my father. and, you know, i know it would kill him. at 22, jonathan mccamley is struggling. and so is alan, his dad. i nearly did something stupid. and i seriously thought about it, and i nearly did. voice breaking: and the only thing that stopped me... ..was the thought ofjonathan. two men on the same farm, facing the same issues. dealing with the fallout
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of allan's divorce, worrying about money, the weather, the cattle, worrying about each other and whether their business in scotland can survive. across the uk, the industry is warning mental health is the biggest hidden problem facing farmers. a situation compounded by isolation, a lack of support and a stigma around speaking out. i spent my late teens and early 20s working as a sheep farmer. it was me, the dog and in my case, 600 sheep. and it's a great existence, living in the great british countryside, but it can often be lonely and isolating. you don't make it to birthdays, to family parties, you don't make it on holiday with your friends. and new figures compiled by the bbc have shown that if isolation and loneliness don't go unchallenged, it can have some very severe consequences. each week, around one agricultural worker takes their own life, meaning suicide in the sector is among the highest of any occupation. i want to be a farmer when i grow up. are you going to have
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dinosaurs on your farm? it's a nationwide issue. in west wales, emma is dealing with the tragic consequences which poor mental health can have on farm workers, like her husband, dan. he killed himself in 2016. i had gone from being a married 27—year—old with two children, and all of a sudden, i felt like i had this stamp which said i was a widow on my head, but not just a widow, a widow of suicide. dan didn't seek help for his problems, like so many others in farming, and emma wanted to change that. the dpj foundation, named in his honour, supports welsh farmers through its call line and counselling services. the charity was inspired by a message left by dan. there was one part which said, you know, you weren't able to help me, but you can help somebody else, and i remember that partjust sticking in my head and thinking, you know, i can try and do something about this. we've had messages from people who have said their lives have been saved by the service that we provide. and to have that is just amazing. traditionally, the image of farmers
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is of people unwilling or unable to share their feelings. but i met this group of friends in pembrokeshire who told me attitudes towards mental health are changing. it's a difficult thing, even for men in general, to say how you're feeling and what you're really thinking at the time. because we're young, it's easier for us to see and, like, accept. throughout the industry, the message is, more needs to be done to boost support and tackle the stigma around mental health, plus the isolation faced by farmers. but one message is making an impact. talking saves lives. gareth barlow, bbc news. and for details of organisations which offer advice and support, you can visit our website at bbc.co.uk/actionline. a former british soldier is to be prosecuted over the death of a teenage boy
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in northern ireland in 1972. daniel hegarty died in londonderry, shot twice in the head when he was 15. 0ur ireland correspondent emma vardy is in derry this evening. how unexpected was this? it certainly is a significant turnaround because this case has been considered repeatedly over the yea rs been considered repeatedly over the years and each time, prosecutors decided they would not be a realistic prospect of a conviction. daniel hegarty died during the period in the troubles here in derry in which parts of the city were effectively no—go areas for soldiers and four police. they were barricaded off, controlled by the ira, and it was during an operation by the british army to try to retake parts of the city that daniel hegarty was shot in the head, and he was killed. in a second inquest in 2011, it was found that he was
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unarmed and that soldiers had not fired any warning shots. the police operation, the original police investigation was heavily criticised. but despite that, as recently as 2016, prosecutors were still saying they would not press charges. today that decision has been reversed stop a soldier face prosecution for murder stop it will be seen as very controversial, some critics say there should be a ban on prosecutions of soldiers who served here during the troubles. notre dame cathedral is tonight on fire. a huge smoke cloud and flames can be seen rising from the centre of the medieval building. the home secretary has said he could well have been drawn into a life of crime, had it not been for the support of his parents. in a highly personal speech, sajid javid said his experience growing up in a dangerous part
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of bristol could have led to him becoming a drug dealer. mrjavid also said violent crime should be treated like a disease. the city of liverpool has been marking the 30th anniversary of the hillsborough disaster, in which 96 football fans died in a crush on the terraces during an fa cup semifinal. a minute's silence was observed at six minutes past three, the time the match was stopped. danny savage has more. this afternoon, liverpool stopped to remember. a silence for 96 football fans who went to watch a match and never returned. bell tolls the town hall bell then rang once for each of them. it was one of several events across the city. everybody will know somebody that's lost somebody at hillsborough. there's people you work with who lost their cousin, theirfriend, their brother,
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their sister. so it's right that we do show our solidarity and our support. there are fans on the pitch here... 30 years ago today, britain's worst sporting tragedy happened at sheffield wednesday's hillsborough ground. a police inspector is on the pitch. the match was stopped as people were dying in a human crush. in liverpool, it has been a very long three decades. people ask me, how do i feel? the 30 years, it makes no difference as the first year or the second year. 30 years on, we're still living without our loved ones. here at anfield, many more people have come to pay their respects. the memorial here lists the 96 victims — men, women and children whose deaths shattered this city. one of them was 20—year—old gordon horn. hillsborough is my life. we still have all those what—ifs. would he be married now,
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whatjob would he have? would he have kids? back at the town hall, the bell took eight minutes to ring for each of the 96. just another painful milestone in the legacy of this disaster. danny savage, bbc news, liverpool. rugby‘s governing body in australia has sacked one of the game's best players, over online comments concerning people who are gay. israel folau posted on social media that "hell awaits" gay people. he's since stood by his comments, saying that his christian faith is more important than his career. two years ago he was contemplating retirement, with a glittering golfing career on the rocks. but now tiger woods is masters champion once again, more than a decade after winning his last major title. he says there were serious doubts he'd ever return to the sport. back injuries, trouble in his personal life and arrest for reckless driving marred what seemed the perfect sporting life.
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but yesterday all that was behind him, as he won the famous green jacket by one stroke. so, is it sport's greatest comeback? here's andy swiss. just a few years ago, they were writing him off, now he's written one of sport's most astonishing chapters. what a moment. white men from the lowest of lows, tiger woods has scaled almost unthinkable highs, masters champion once more. he embraced his family and it was proof he, he said the power of perseverance. he, he said the power of perseverance . you never he, he said the power of perseverance. you never give up. that's a given. you always fight. giving up is never in the equation. i have always had a pretty good work ethic. throughout my career and my life. ijust had to change the work
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ethic and work on a few different things. i was unfaithful, i had affairs, cheated. from acrimonious divorce to a career threatening back injury, even a police charge for reckless driving, to go from that to this, many believe is perhaps golf‘s extraordinary moment. there have been some that have been similar but i don't think i've ever seen anything better. i have watched him since he was 18 years old. all that he has gone through emotionally and physically, it was just amazing. sport has seen some famous comebacks, from muhammad ali winning back the word title, the nikki louder returning to racing after a near fatal crash, to monica louder returning to racing after a nearfatal crash, to monica seles winning the australian open after recovering from a knife attack. tiger woods' comeback has captured the imagination. for these budding
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golfers it proves what is possible. tiger clearly saw the door was open, and hejust tiger clearly saw the door was open, and he just went for it and clearly came out with the win and the green jacket, which is incredible. the has inspired me to play golf. he has given me an energy not to give up on the golf course. after his last back operation, tiger woods described himself as a walking miracle. now he isa himself as a walking miracle. now he is a winning one. the man ranked 1199 little over a year ago once again on top of the sporting world. fairto fair to say things are a little quieter here today, but what tiger woods achieved here is still echoing around the sporting world. he now has 15 major titles. jack nicholson holds the record with 18, most people had written off tiger woods' chances of ever catching him. but after this, surely anything is possible. —— mike jack nicklaus.
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time for a look at the weather. here's ben rich. plenty more of this to come over the next few days. plenty more blue skies and sunshine and with that, and increasingly warm feel to the weather. through the rest of the week, the wind comes from the south or south—east, moving this warm air from the reddit iranian in our direction, so by the easter weekend, some parts of the south east could get to 25 celsius. even further north, up into the 20s. but that isn't the whole story. today we have seen some clout and outbreaks of rain affecting western parts of the uk. this rain trying to move further east through tonight. it will not make a lot of progress, not getting much further than northern ireland, parts of wales and the south—west. this lump of cloud giving a few showers across scotland. in between, more in the way of cloud developing. so it's not going to be a particularly cold night. tomorrow,
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generally it will be cloudier. we will see outbreaks of rain staggering eastwards perhaps getting in the midlands, parts of western scotla nd in the midlands, parts of western scotland as the day goes on. the best of any sunshine initially for eastern coast of england and the north east of scotland. then for the far south west later in the day where temperatures could get up to 15 celsius. at those temperatures will climb further as we get deeper into the week. wednesday could start off with patches of fog and low cloud. then we see some sunshine, perhaps a bit chilly for north sea coasts, but otherwise 13 to 18 degrees. and the rise in temperatures is not done. high pressure still in charge of the scene as we get into thursday. quite a lot of isobars so it will be quite breezy, making it cool for some of the eastern coastal areas. but elsewhere, look at saturday's temperatures. maybe 25 degrees, just signs of something one settled in
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the north west later in the weekend. we will not worry too much about that just yet. a reminder of our top story. notre dame cathedral, one of the world's most famous buildings in the heart of paris, is tonight on fire. these live pictures from the scene, huge smoke cloud and flames rising from the centre of the medieval structure. there will be continuing coverage on the news channel throughout the evening. that's it. so goodbye from me. now on bbc one, let's our news teams where you are. have a very good evening.
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